Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Biography, Early Life, Award and Controversy

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s early life

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is, also called Gurudev, a tremendous spiritual and meditation teacher and renowned yoga guru known worldwide for his peace initiatives, humanitarian works, and foundation, ‘The Art of Living.’ He was born on 13th May 1956 in Papanasam, Tamil Nadu, and had a very keen interest in Bhagavad Gita since his early childhood. By 17, he had graduated both in Vedic literature and physics. He is often called Sri Sri, Guru Ji, and Gurudev. His name is Ravi Shankar, and he has a fascinating story. Ravi means ‘Sun’ because of his birth on Sunday, and the name Shankar has been taken from Adi Shankara, a great philosopher of the eighth century who was also born on Sunday.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Biography, Early Life, Award and Controversy
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Peacemaking role

He is known as a humanitarian cum peace-loving leader and helps to unite millions of people across the world. As an ambassador of peace, he shares his vision of non-violence and is a key figure in peace-making. He has resolved conflict in Colombia, Pakistan, Venezuela, Iraq, the Ivory Coast, and many others. In India, he played important roles in determining the various conflict-related issues of Kashmir, North East, and Bihar. He encourages interfaith harmony and multicultural education to achieve sustainable peace.

Founder of The Art of Living

The Art of Living was founded by Ravi Shankar, an international organisation of a non-profit nature that works towards well-being and reduces conflict in a stress-torn society. The organisation offers educational, yoga, spiritual, and humanitarian programs in 180 countries. He also founded the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) in 1997, which works for sustainable development and conflict resolution.

Humanitarian works

The humanitarian works of Gurudev are spread across the globe through dedicated volunteers. He and his team work for marginalised children, survivors of terror attacks, natural disaster victims, and many more. He is a part of a stress and violence-free worldwide movement.

Spiritual teacher

Ravi Shankar is a leading spiritual teacher who offers yoga and meditation classes worldwide for the betterment of society. His spiritual speeches are in demand, especially in the electronic media. Millions of people benefited from his lecture.

Ravi Shankar’s Sudarshan Kriya

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar developed a new technique called Sudarshan Kriya in 1982 for social health transformation. He visualises this breathing technique on the bank of river Bhadra, Karnataka. Sudarshan Kriya is a rhythmic breathing practice that has gained recognition worldwide as it relieves stress and helps ensure inner peace.


Ravi Shankar received many recognitions in the form of awards.  Some of his important awards are Padma Vibhushan-India’s second highest civilian award (2016), Peru’s Highest Award, “Medalla de la Integración en el Grado de Gran Oficial,” Colombia’s highest civilian award, “Orden de la Democracia Simón Bolívar,” Highest civilian award “National Order of Mérito de Comuneros,” Paraguay, Honorary Citizenship and Goodwill Ambassador award, Houston, USA, and many more. In 2009, he was named by Forbes magazine as the fifth most powerful leader in India.


Ravi Shankar once said that some Indian government schools breed Naxalism. All government schools and colleges should be privaprivatized; the government should not run any school. However, he later clarified that it was for sick government schools, especially in NaxalNaxal-affecteds. Many who have turned to Naxalism have come from these schools. In 2018, he faced criticism because of his comment that India would enter Syria if the Ram temple issue weren’t solved soon.

Ravi Shankar’s Twitter and instagram (social media)

Ravi Shankar’s best-selling books

  1. Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five
  2. Celebrating Love
  3. Wisdom for the New Millennium
  4. God Loves Fun
  5. An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker
  6. Secrets Of Relationships
  7. Narada Bhakti Sutra – The Aphorisms of Love
  8. Sattva the Ayurvedic Cook Book: A Fabulous Collection of Delicious Recipes From India and Around the World
  9. Patanjali Yoga Sutras
  10. Know Your Child
  11. Bang on the Door: A Collection of Talks
  12. The Yogasara Upanishad
  13. Sex, Life, Spirituality
  14. Shiva Sutras
  15. Sri Sri Yoga: A Basic Practice Manual
  16. Punarnava: New Again
  17. Know Your Mind
  18. Wonder
  19. Source of Life
  20. Through the Eyes of the Master
  21. Management Mantras
  22. Stumbling Into Infinity
  23. Satsang: Collection of Bhajans
  24. Quotes from Sri Sri
  25. Power of Love
  26. A Dios le encanta divertirse (Spanish)
  27. Waves of Emotion
  28. Being Love
  29. The Art Of Being You
  30. Buddha – The Manifestation of Silence
  31. Sri Sri As I Know Him

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